Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Lord Jesus and Father God, I pray that You would intercede--in the lives of those we love and in the lives of those who need You not only physically, but spiritually.
Lord, please draw us closer to You. Keep us in Your care until You take us to Your home.
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 5:23 PM
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Over the past few days, I have pulled out my own Quick Cooking magazine collection (this is a stock photo). What a great magazine! There are so many wonderful practical recipes that are easy to manage for our family of five. Of course, this title is no longer published by the Reiman folks. The company has been bought by Reader's Digest--another magazine I used to truly cherish. Sadly, this acquisition has changed the character of the Reiman family of publications. Now, Taste of Home, Reminisce and even Country Woman are full of advertisements. The folksy, comfortable "atmosphere" created by these beautifully photographed magazines has changed.. Taste of Home has changed the most, I think. It has lost its rural character, and I rarely see any reference to Church or saying Grace. Even the recipes have changed. By trying to appeal to a broader market, they have abandoned the audience (and its values) which made them unique and successful. Now, the Reiman magazines are just like all of the other nameless, glitzy titles at the check out.
Years ago, my sister-in-law gave me boxes full of her old Taste of Home magazines. That thoughtful gift changed my life. I kept all of them and added to the collection over the years. Now, I am not even remotely tempted to purchase the new issues. I just pull out the old issues and find something really wonderful to make for supper!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 11:44 AM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
I lifted this picture from the internet, but our new-ish JoAnn's looks much like this. I can't describe the feeling in there. I love Hobby Lobby (they play Christian music in their stores--hymns, no less!) and Michael's (they give a discount to all educator's and welcome homeschooler's in that category, too!), but there is just something lovely about our JoAnn's. Every time DD and I go in there, we are so happy to bet here. We may not buy anything at all, but have such a great time looking around at everything!
DD is knitting a pretty pink sweater for a gift for a family member. When she ran out of her yarn, she could not find any the same color as that from JoAnn's. We just weren't able to get up to our store. Friday, we went, and she found exactly her color and we purchased enough for her to finish the project. The whole time we were in there, we were looking at buttons, scrapbook material, fleece for blankets and fall decor galore. Everyone was so pleasant, and the store is really well-stocked now. They offer all kinds of craft classes--I would love for DD to be able to attend those at some point.
We may have a rainy day or two this week--it would be so much fun to be able to stay inside with the lamp on and something on TV while we stitched, crocheted and knitted.
God is so good to us to give us these wonderful moments--truly the "desires of our heart."
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 8:16 PM
Thursday, August 23, 2012
How many of you remember this marvelous television show starring Shirley Boothe? Hazel is one of our family favorites; DH received Season 3 for his recent birthday. I love how she always manages to make everything ok. We especially love to see how Hazel and "Mr. B" go 'round and 'round about his "terrific weight problem."
The first season was telecast in black and white, but the subsequent seasons were in color. I love to see the colors of the home decor and "Missy's" clothes.
If you haven't seen this in a while, get your hands on a season or two. You'll love how she manages to solve all problems with her marvelous cooking!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 4:40 PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Do you remember the lovely Betsy McCall? My goodness! My mom loved magazines, and I benefited when she bought the latest issue of McCall's--Betsy McCall was one of my favorite childhood memories.
Look at Betsy's nightgown and housecoat--didn't you have something like these or want something like these?
I had a pink quilted housecoat that was much like this one, but it was much too hot for the typical Florida winter! I still remember it fondly though.
Which of Betsy's Christmas gowns do you like most? Do you still enjoy receiving gowns and robes as presents at Christmas? They remain my favorite gifts!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 12:07 PM
Do you like paper dolls? I love them! I have a very small collection of some which harken back to a time when clothes were prettier and much more feminine. I regularly look at a website called PaperDoll Review; they also send email updates about their latest recreations. This one caught my eye today (that's all it will catch, too, until payday!). Hope your day is as lovely as these dresses!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 9:51 AM
Sunday, August 19, 2012
With all of the body washes and bath gels around today, seems like bath salts are a forgotten pleasure.
I found this lovely decanter a while back at a local antique store. I promptly went to Wal-Mart to get some bath salts (Calgon, of course). The picture on right is one that normally hangs in our bathroom. Simple pleasures are blessings from the Lord!
Calgon, take me away . . . .
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 5:58 AM
When I showed our DS's the puzzle, I asked them if the picture reminded them of anything, and they both agreed--The Moffats. Our lives have been dramatically enriched with these lovely stories and characters.
As for the puzzle, I will keep you posted on our progress in getting it framed!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 5:53 AM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Isn't this something? A creative stitcher made this colorblock "sampler" using all of the DMC standard colors. I would never have thought of something like this. Take a gander at the www.DMC-USA.com site for more details. I also wanted to share with you something I thought I would not see again: a Wal Mart near us has brought back cross stitching supplies --floss, fabric, bobbins and other accessories. I don't know whether the one in my town has or not. The WM I visited was about 2 counties over. I remember when cross stitch stores were everywhere with rack after rack of pattern books and kits. Wal Mart back then carried tons of patterns and supplies. Maybe there is a resurgence in popularity for cross stitching!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 7:55 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Anxious to spend my birthday-present money, I purchased this beautiful Cobble Hill puzzle. Isn't it something? If you look carefully, you can see that it takes us back in time quite a ways. There are only 275 pieces (about 175 more than my comfort level), I hope to glue and frame it and maybe put it in my office. I should receive it in the mail in the next few days along with the Cross stitch pattern I posted below. Turning 50 wasn't so bad!
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 5:43 AM
Monday, August 13, 2012
Keep working on the roses to finish for a September birthday gift.
Work on the Girl's First Sampler at least 4 days a week.
Complete the Autumn Glory pattern (above) then begin on the Christmas Sampler.
Continue trying to make one square a day for the afghan.
When we travel to Church, it takes about 30 minutes each way--the roads are straight and flat, so I usually get a lot done.
Now, here is the key to success: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God . . . I must be truly devoted to daily time with He has given me this life and these paths of contentment. He IS the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley!
I AM the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys . . .
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 8:46 AM
Saturday, August 11, 2012
I KNOW I would be so much more content through the day and evening if I just listened to BBN! I can listen to it on the computer since we are out of range for a traditional station here. They play beautiful Christian music and feature uplifting and challenging programming. I tell the children all the time that what we listen to has such an impact on our hearts and minds.
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. ANd straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Jesus was there at that moment and place for her; He knew she needed Him, and He knew that she believed in His ability to help her when no one else could. He turned around and declared, Daughter, thy faith hath thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Notice Christian sister, He did not make more of this miracle than these words He spoke. He did not embarrass her by saying to everyone what He had cured for her. He understood that this "plague" rendered her "unclean" in her culture. Again, I want to point out that I believe He had a divine appointment with her--she didn't just happen to be near. He came near to her. He comes near to us as well, and wants us to touch His garment--to reach out in faith. If you have the time, read through Mark's account of this story in Mark 5: 25-34.
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 7:50 PM
Saturday, August 4, 2012
In the third row down on the far left, you can see a lovely combination of Christmas colors. I think I might get a skein of this to use as the border for the Christmas Botanicals pictured below.
We had a great time and ended up at Publix--a chain from my home county in Florida. I loved seeing all of the beautiful produce, and they had a great BOGO sale on many items we use, including GINARMOUS jars of extra crunchy peanut butter. We loved it. Their prices otherwise are on the high side, but I love the memories of being in my mom's favorite grocery store, albeit a state away.
Hope your Saturday was great, too, and that you are ready to serve the Lord at His House tomorrow.
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 8:35 PM
Friday, August 3, 2012
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I am still working on the sampler with the lovely dancing girls, and a pattern given to us by our dear friend and piano teacher, Mrs. Ann. That sweet pattern dates back to 1977! Lots of stitching in the days to come!
A little more housework to go for the day and then on to supper (simmering in the crock pot) and tv time with the family. Hope to get some stitching and crocheting done as well. Wishing each of you a lovely evening--with lots of love sent to DF Janice W and the Brown girls, Sarah and Sheila.
Posted by Cross Stitching Mom at 11:26 AM